Have we got a gorgeous one for you today! Ashley and Alex wed with purely lovely nuptials at the Highlands Country Club in New York. Ashley was a vision in her Watters Liane dress, and the couple’s day was filled with a sense of true love and family and lots of generous participation from their loves ones. Those darlings flower girl dresses? Custom-made by Alex’s mom! The calligraphy? The couple has Ashley’s mom to thank. And their heart-melting first look? Robert and Kathleen Photograghers captured the moment, along with some of the most dazzling portraits of the bride and groom we’ve seen yet.
Lovely: Tell us about THE dress and what inspired your look.
Ashley: My mom and I headed over to Lovely one night after work for their Watters trunk show – I had fallen in love with some of their dresses online. Our thought was to look around, try on a few things, and return sometime when we both hadn’t been working since the early morning hours. Melanie listened to me describe the venue and my personal style, and pulled a few dresses into the room. The Liane was the fourth dress I tried on – and we knew it was the one! I grew up dancing and figure skating, and loved the layers and the movement. The dress was the perfect mix of texture and sophistication, a grown-up version of what I always enjoyed dressing up in as a child! Plus, we had big plans to dance the night away at the wedding, and the full skirt was perfect for that; it almost felt like a flamenco skirt, and you can believe I had fun with that!
Lovely: What were the most important details to pulling off your dream wedding?
Ashley: I didn’t grow up dreaming about my wedding, but when the time came, we aimed to create an evening that would reflect us as a couple. First and foremost was the venue. I feel like we looked at almost every venue from New York, where I was living, to Boston, where Alex was finishing law school, and nothing felt totally right until we saw the Highlands Country Club. We loved the mix of spaces, the potential to have the cocktail hour (and s’mores later) outdoors, and the gorgeous ballroom with its fantastic chandelier, farmhouse tables, and hardwood floors. Yes, the floors played a huge part in the decision about the venue! The whole place felt simple yet very elegant, which is what we were aiming for. Our second big detail was the music. In my family, we celebrate by dancing! A few years ago, Alex and I went to a wedding where his childhood friend’s band played. I don’t think we left the dance floor the entire night. I remember turning to him and telling him that when we got married (not that we were engaged yet), they would play at our wedding. And they did! Finally, we were lucky to find out that Robert & Kathleen, whose work I had been following for a few years, were available to photograph our wedding. They were so fantastic to work with before and after the wedding, and we will treasure our photos forever.
Lovely: What was the most memorable moment?
Ashley: I will never forget the atmosphere of our ceremony. Because there were showers in the area, we moved it indoors at the last minute to the solarium, which may have been the best decision we made that day. There was so much love contained between those four walls! Walking down the aisle with both of my parents was very special – I think the three of us took turns getting teary during that short walk. Most of all, though, I will never forget the look in Alex’s eyes as he recited the vows that he had prepared. In that moment, he was calm and confident, and we were both ready to start the next stage of our journey together.
Lovely: If you could give future brides any advice, what would it be?
Ashley: Use the resources you have around you and trust the professionals that you hire! We are both lucky to have creative and talented parents: my mom did all of our calligraphy, which was gorgeous, and Alex’s mom made our flower girl’s dress, which is adorable. Also, my sister was my one-woman bridal party, and she was fantastic. Your professionals do what they do for a reason – give them the details that you want, and then let them work their magic. And… enjoy! Enjoy the whole event, and realize what a blessing it is to have the people you love come together to celebrate your love!
DRESS: Watters Wtoo (Liane), purchased at Lovely
VEIL: Erica Koesler
SHOES: Something Bleu
BRACELET: Swarovski Crystallized
PHOTOGRAPHER: Robert and Kathleen Photographers
FLORIST: Lee Vazquez Floral Design
WEDDING PLANNER: Adrienne Madama, Coordinator at Highlands Country Club
MAKEUP: Meredith Hayman
HAIR: Brittany DiGiacomo
CALLIGRAPHY: Bride’s mother